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Around the Remote: The Olympic Games in Tokyo come to a close

Aug. 7, 2021 Updated Mon., Aug. 9, 2021 at 9:26 a.m.

Members of the U.S. men’s 4x100-meter medley relay team – Caeleb Dressel, Zach Apple, Ryan Murphy and Michael Andrew – celebrate after winning the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo.  (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
Members of the U.S. men’s 4x100-meter medley relay team – Caeleb Dressel, Zach Apple, Ryan Murphy and Michael Andrew – celebrate after winning the gold medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: Olympics Closing Ceremony – The Tokyo Games, delayed one year because of the pandemic, will go down as one of the strangest Olympics. Fans and families were mostly missing. Coronavirus concerns cast a shadow over the action. Simone Biles dropped out of most of her events. As for viewers at home, many grew frazzled trying to weave their way through a maze of broadcast, cable and streaming options.

Still, there was plenty of must-see drama, and now 7,000 hours of coverage all winds down as the 11,000 athletes from some 200 countries are celebrated during the Closing Ceremony at Tokyo’s National Stadium. (5 p.m. Sunday, NBC).

Other bets

SUNDAY: The “In Their Own Words” series continues with an installment devoted to Princess Diana. Viewing her life through a contemporary lens, the film recalls Diana’s trials and triumphs and casts her as the ultimate disrupter for a generation of women across the world. (8 p.m., PBS).

SUNDAY: “UFO” is a four-part documentary series that explores the continuing fascination with unidentified flying objects and asks: Is there a government or military conspiracy to shield the truth behind extraterrestrial phenomena from the public? (9 p.m., Showtime).

SUNDAY: “The L Word: Generation Q” returns for a second season that will feature several new, but familiar, faces. Lined up to guest star in the spinoff of the groundbreaking drama series are Rosie O’Donnell, Donald Faison, Griffin Dunne and Vanessa Williams. (10 p.m., Showtime).

MONDAY: Based on the popular Instagram account (with more than 1.6 million followers), “Cheap Old Houses” follows the husband-wife team of Ethan and Elizabeth Finkelstein as they search for bargain-priced homes – all less than $150,000 – and imagine what the houses could look like with proper restorations. (9 p.m., HGTV).

TUESDAY: TV’s crazy obsession with reboots continues with “Fantasy Island.” In this update, Roselyn Sanchez plays Elena Roarke, a descendant of Ricardo Montalban’s iconic character and steward of a mysterious tropical resort. There, guests have their deepest desires fulfilled, but rarely in a way they expect. (9 p.m., Fox).

TUESDAY: “Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys” promises an “unfiltered, all-access look” at life in an NFL training camp. This is the third appearance (after 2002 and 2008) in documentary series for the NFC East franchise that has been dubiously anointed “America’s Team.” (10 p.m., HBO).

WEDNESDAY: On the new series “Money Court,” Kevin O’Leary (“Shark Tank”) presides over high-stakes financial disputes – from estranged business partners battling over a deal gone sour to siblings falling out over their family business. Along with trial attorney Katie Phang and former judge Ada Pozo, he examines the evidence and delivers fiscal justice. (10 p.m., CNBC).

THURSDAY: As the beloved cop comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” begins its eighth and final season, Jake struggles with a complex case while his wife, Amy, returns from maternity leave. (8 p.m., NBC).

FRIDAY: Have the tissues handy. The romantic anthology series “Modern Love” returns for a heartfelt second season. Based on the popular New York Times column and podcast, the standalone stories explore love and relationships in all their complex and fascinating forms. (Amazon Prime).

SATURDAY: “Sealed With a Kiss: Wedding March 6” is the sixth installment in the warmhearted film franchise. The modest wedding plans of a celebrity and his down-to-earth fiancée escalate while Mick (Jack Wagner) gets an enticing opportunity Olivia (Josie Bissett) won’t let him refuse. But it puts their own big day in jeopardy. (9 p.m., Hallmark Channel).

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